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This week in the House

Sitting week beginning Monday 19 June 2017

Sitting week beginning Monday 19 June 2017 — 5th House sitting week of the 45th Parliament’s 2017 winter sittings.

This page summarises matters expected to be considered by the House of Representatives and its Federation Chamber. It is updated weekly during sittings. For a full report of the business dealt with, including a list of documents presented, go to the Votes and Proceedings. To read the debates, including question time, go to Hansard.

For details about the proposed program of business for each sitting of the House and Federation Chamber and that sitting’s public hearings of House and joint committees go to the House Daily Program (usually available at least 1 hour before the House is scheduled to meet).

This week the House is expected to sit on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in a pattern similar to that described in the Infosheet 'A typical sitting day'.
The Federation Chamber is also expected to meet on The Federation Chamber is also expected to meet on Monday (from 10.30am to 1.00pm and from 4pm to 7.30pm), Tuesday (from 4pm to 7.30pm), Wednesday (from 10am to 1.30pm and from 4pm to 7.30pm) and on Thursday (from 10am to approximately 1.00pm).

For details about House and Federation Chamber standard hours see the order of business diagram at http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Chamber_documents/HoR/Order_of_Business

 

Real time tracking of business done by the House and the Federation Chamber

You can track each item of business as it is being done in the House Chamber and the Federation Chamber by using the “LiveMinutes” service.

You can see proceedings of the House and the Federation Chamber via the webcasts at www.aph.gov.au/Watch_Read_Listen.

Legislation

For information on how laws are made go to 'Making Laws', for the text of each bill go to Billsnet after the Bill is introduced.

On Monday in the House at 10.10am the following bills are expected to be introduced:

• Competition and Consumer Amendment (Safeguarding the Reputation of Australian Beef) Bill 2017 — Ms Sharkie (NXT, Mayo, SA)
• Competition and Consumer Amendment (Paper Bills and Statements) Bill 2017 — Mr Wilkie (Ind, Denison, Tas)
• Religious Certification (Non-Discrimination) Bill 2017 — Mr Katter (KAP, Kennedy, Qld)
• Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Take Home Pay of All Workers) Bill 2017 — Mr Christensen (Nat, Dawson, Qld)

Government bills are expected to be introduced into the House this week. These bills will be listed on the House Daily Program and the text of each bill will be available on ParlInfo after they are introduced.

Details of bills to be introduced are not available prior to their introduction.

In the House during the week it is planned to resume debate on the following Government bills already introduced (note – these plans may change as the week unfolds, especially if some of the bills listed below are referred to the Federation Chamber by the House):

Monday

  • Major Bank Levy Bill 2017
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (Major Bank Levy) Bill 2017
  • Medicare Guarantee Bill 2017
  • Medicare Guarantee (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2017
  • National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment (Annual Registration Charge) Bill 2017
  • National Vocational Education and Training Regulator (Charges) Amendment (Annual Registration Charge) Bill 2017
  • Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Fees Imposition Amendment (Fee Streamlining and Other Measures) Bill 2017
  • Fair Work Amendment (Repeal of 4 Yearly Reviews and Other Measures) Bill 2017

Tuesday

  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Queensland Commission Income Management Regime) Bill 2017
  • Passports Legislation Amendment (Overseas Travel by Child Sex Offenders) Bill 2017
  • Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Bill 2017
  • Commercial Broadcasting (Tax) Bill 2017   

Wednesday

  • Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Measures No. 3) Bill 2017   
  • Electoral and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Quality and Safeguards Commission and Other Measures) Bill 2017
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Enterprise Incentives No. 1) Bill 2017
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Enterprise Incentives No. 2) Bill 2017   

Thursday

  • Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment (Support for Commonwealth Entities) Bill 2016
  • Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017
  • Industrial Chemicals (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2017
  • Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Amendment Bill 2017
  • Industrial Chemicals Charges (General) Bill 2017
  • Industrial Chemicals Charges (Customs) Bill 2017
  • Industrial Chemicals Charges (Excise) Bill 2017
  • Regulatory Powers (Standardisation Reform) Bill 2016

In the Federation Chamber it is planned to resume debate on the following Government business matters and Committee and Delegation Reports:

Monday

  • TBA   

Tuesday

  • TBA   

Wednesday

  • TBA   

Thursday

  • TBA
       

Committee and delegation reports and statements and private Members’ motions

On Monday at 10.10am the following committee report will be presented and statements made:

  • Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training — Mr Laming (Chair) (Lib, Bowman, Qld) — Inquiry into innovation and creativity: workforce for the new economy

On Monday at 11.00am, the following items of private Members’ business will be debated in the House:

  • Jobs in Whyalla — Mr Ramsey (Lib, Grey, SA)

    Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Take Home Pay) Bill 2017 — Mr Shorten (ALP, Maribyrnong, Vic

At approximately 11.00am on Monday the following private Member’s motions will be debated in the Federation Chamber:

  • Illicit drugs — Mr Kelly (Lib, Hughes, NSW)
  • Live music tickets — Mr Burke (ALP, Watson. NSW)
  • Tibet — Mr Entsch (Lib, Leichhardt, Qld)
  • Repatriation medical fee schedule indexation freeze — Ms Rishworth (ALP, Kingston, SA)

At 4.45pm on Monday the following private Member’s motions will be debated in the Federation Chamber:

  • Counter-terrorism strategy — Mr Wood (Lib, Latrobe, Vic)
  • Craft brewing sector — Mr Albanese (ALP, Grayndler, NSW)
  • Crime in Victoria — Mr T Wilson (Lib, Goldstein, Vic)
  • Domestic and family violence leave — Ms Claydon (ALP, Newcastle, NSW)

At approximately 11.00am On Wednesday, the following items of private Members’ business will be debated in the Federation Chamber:

  • Australia and the Philippines— Mr Husic (ALP, Chifley, NSW)
  • ThinkUKnow program – Mrs Marino (Lib, Forrest, WA)
  • Tasmania and Australia’s Defence Capability — Ms Keay (ALP, Braddon, Tas)
  • Queensland jobs — Mr van Manen (Lib, Forde, Qld)
  • Cross River Rail project — Ms T Butler (ALP, Griffith, Qld)

At approximately 4.00pm on Wednesday the following private Member’s motions will be debated in the Federation Chamber.

  • Language services — Mr Georganas (ALP, Hindmarsh, SA)
  • Cost of electricity in Queensland — Mr T O’Brien (Lib, Fairfax, Qld)
  • Penalty rates and women — Ms Husar (ALP, Lindsay, NSW)
  • PNG-Australia Policing Partnership — Mr Evans (Lib, Brisbane, Qld)

Auditor-General’s reports

2016-17 reports of the Auditor-General may be presented after question time on sitting days.

Matters of Public Importance

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after question time, in accordance with the House's standing orders, it is possible for the House to discuss a matter of public importance (MPI). If an MPI is proposed by a Member, and is in order, the subject of the MPI will be announced shortly after midday on each of these days and published on the House's website. If more than one MPI is proposed the Speaker will decide which MPI is the most urgent and important to be submitted to the House that day. There will be no MPI on Tuesday because the debate on the condolence motion will take precedence.

Grievance debate

In accordance with standing orders Grievance Debate is held on sitting Tuesdays in the Federation Chamber. At no later than 6.30pm debate is resumed on the question ‘That grievances be noted’ and debate ensues for one hour. Debate on the question is practically unlimited in scope, giving Members the opportunity, in 10 minute speeches, to raise matters in which they have a particular interest or to discuss complaints of constituents.

Petitions

This week Members' may present petitions during the time reserved for Members' Statements in the House and the Federation Chamber, during the time reserved for Members’ constituency statements in the Federation Chamber and during the Adjournment Debates of the House and the Federation Chamber.

For more details about petitioning the House of Representatives see the petitions webpage.

For details about House and Federation Chamber debate times see the order of business diagram.

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